Probably not since the first century CE has the Church seen believers so eager to know about and recognize the Jewish foundation of their faith. Today all over the world followers of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth are beginning to understand His Jewishness and the Hebraic roots of His teachings. This new enthusiasm has paralleled the meteoric rise in the number of ethnically Jewish people worldwide who now recognize Yeshua as their Messiah.
Quite often Christians will be moved to embrace the Jewish foundation of their faith after visiting Israel or after hearing about the Messianic fulfillment found in the appointed times of the L-rd G-d of Israel (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, The Feast of Weeks, The Day of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, The Feast of Booths). Prophetically, the Church’s recognition of her Jewish roots may be linked with today’s Body of Messiah returning to resemble the Body of Messiah of the first century CE (Book of Acts).
The apostles Peter (Shimon Kefa) and Paul (Shaul) are recognized as pivotal men in the establishing of Yeshua’s following. Interestingly, both men claimed at separate times that the Messiah Yeshua had not come to establish a new world religion, but rather had come to fulfill everything written in the prophetic writings of the Hebrew Scriptures, or “Tanakh” (see Acts 3:12-26 and Acts 24:14).
Yeshua Himself verified that He had not come to establish a new religion but instead helped His disciples to see that all of the Tanakh had spoken about Him (Luke 24:27). Living water flowing from a Rock, the bronze snake nailed to a pole, the Passover lamb, the binding of Isaac, Israel’s initial rejection of Joseph and Moses, the sacrificial system, the first set of stone tablets of the Law being broken, the Son of Man of Daniel 7, the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, the Cornerstone rejected by the builders, the seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15) who would defeat ha satan, the seed of Abraham through whom all nations would be blessed, and countless other words from the Law, the Prophets and the Writings all foretold the mission and life of Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel and the Light to the Gentiles. Thus, He came not as the founder of a new religion, but as the fulfillment of biblical Judaism.
The New Covenant Scriptures not only catalog many of the ways in which Yeshua fulfilled messianic prophecy, but also show that members of His congregation, whether Jewish or from the nations, nonetheless take on a spiritually Jewish heritage. Gentile followers of Yeshua are grafted into the olive tree of remnant Israel (Rom. 11:16-24), become the offspring of Abraham (Rom. 4:16), are circumcised of the heart (Col. 2:11), have the Torah written on their hearts (Heb. 8:10), and are considered no longer foreigners but citizens of the commonwealth of Israel (Eph. 2:12). In the language of the prophetic writings of the apostle John, anyone who would come into the Bride of Messiah must necessarily enter through Israel (Rev. 21:9-12).